The Workplace Wellbeing Charter - Healthy Workplace Conference
Groundbreaking Northamptonshire Workplace Wellbeing Charter and its assessment Ed Cooke and Stuart Wheeldon Northamptonshire Environmental Health Groundbreaking Northamptonshire 15 September 2016 The Workplace Wellbeing
Charter: The Northamptonshire Experience Ed Cooke Environmental Health Manager (Health Improvement), Daventry District Council Stuart Wheeldon Commercial & Business Support Manager, Cherwell and South Northamptonshire Councils Presentation developed by: Simon Watson and Sally Johnson Daventry District Council Workplace Wellbeing Charter Assessors
The Workplace Wellbeing Charter Aim Objectives To share the experiences of implementing the Workplace Wellbeing Charter by Environmental Health Northamptonshire
To provide an introduction to the concepts of the Workplace Wellbeing Charter (WWC) To learn how the WWC can benefit businesses and improve health Challenges encountered
What is the Workplace Wellbeing Charter? Statement of intent from organisations showing commitment to the health and wellbeing of their employees Provides a clear set of standards for organisations to help them benchmark, evaluate and improve their
wellbeing support Focuses on three key areas: Leadership, Culture and Communication Promotes organisations pledge to health and wellbeing The Workplace Wellbeing Charter
It requires leadership from the top and implementation of the policy throughout all levels. Evidence is not solely via paperwork; the most important evidence is determined through the employees and their representatives. It lasts for 2 years When accreditation occurs, you MUST provide evidence from the previous 2 years 3 Key Elements of the Charter Framework What are the standards? Organisations provide evidence against a number of standards across eight areas:
1. Leadership 2. Absence management 3. Health & Safety 4. Mental Health and wellbeing 5. Smoking 6. Physical activity 7. Healthy Eating 8. Alcohol & substance misuse Three levels of award: Excellence Achievement Commitment
Impact of poor health & wellbeing on business performance and the benefits of a Healthier Workplace Source: https://www.bhf.org.uk/publications/health-at-work/health-at-work---business-case-infographics (Accessed 9 Sept 2016) Source: https://www.bhf.org.uk/publications/health-at-work/health-at-work---business-case-infographics (Accessed 9 Sept 2016) Source: https://www.bhf.org.uk/publications/health-at-work/health-at-work---business-case-infographics (Accessed 9 Sept 2016)
Application form: to be completed and signed by senior management within the organisation to demonstrate the management commitment to supporting employees A Health Needs Assessment: it is a requirement that the health and wellbeing needs of the employees are considered Self-assessment: to be completed Charter Accreditation Process The workplace Wellbeing Charter accreditation involves three stages:
A review of evidence Interviewing members of staff Tour of the site Once an organisation has been successfully assessed, a post assessment report is completed by the Assessor, which gives an overview as to how the organisation has done. The Charter Award is presented along with the charter logo which is valid for 2 years. The organisation is then place on the national register of Charter Award Holders The Journey So Far
Local Authorities in Northamptonshire Workplace Wellbeing Charter: Northamptonshire 2016 Northamptonshire Health and Safety Liaison Group agreed that the Workplace Wellbeing Charter provided a clear set of standards for organisations to help them
benchmark, evaluate and improve their wellbeing support Northamptonshire Public Health and the County Health & Wellbeing Board advocates the Charter Public Health England funded assessor training for Northants Local Authority Officers The Challenges So Far Wellbeing: Leadership The experiences and challenges
Understanding and believing in the Charter Gaining active support from Senior Management How we overcame the challenges The sell:
Is it the right time to do it? Committed Manager Report presented to Management (persuasion of benefits) Compliments other awards Wellbeing: Leadership The experiences and challenges How we overcame the challenges
Resources commitment Re-assurance: Money Time Staff
Any health and wellbeing shortfalls funding may be available The assessment itself is funded i.e. free Wellbeing: Leadership The experiences and challenges Resources commitment: Key people involved?
Providing the skills to implement the Charter requirements How we overcame the challenges Assessor training funding
sourced from Public Health England Network of key people identified or volunteered Combined Health & Wellbeing into existing Green working group Wellbeing: Leadership The experiences and challenges
Reservations about undertaking the Charter What evidence was to be gathered No stone will be left unturned warts and all! How we overcame the challenges Reassurance: Legal requirements may
be met, but it makes good business sense to do more Its good practice to assess the robustness of existing policies and procedures Its a continual improvement process It demonstrates commitment to staff wellbeing positive effect Wellbeing: Communication The experiences and challenges
Blockages of effective channels of communication How we overcame the challenges Keep Senior Management informed
Webpage, notice boards, internal newsletter, team meetings, displays, competitions, events Wellbeing: Culture The experiences and challenges Understanding culture of the organisation: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!
How we overcame the challenges Not another tick the box scheme!
Presentations at team briefs to raise awareness of undertaking Charter so there was a feeling of being involved Undertook a staff survey interpreting results Engaging with staff through sub-group - good eggs Seeking support from other partners Workplace Wellbeing Charter
Source: http://www.wellbeingcharter.org.uk/index.php (Accessed 9 Sept 2016) Northants County Council Source: http://www3.northamptonshire.gov.uk/councilservices/health/Pages/default.aspx (Accessed 9 Sept 2016) Northants First for Wellbeing Source: https://www.firstforwellbeing.co.uk/ (Accessed 9 Sept 2016) Northants First for Wellbeing Source: https://www.firstforwellbeing.co.uk/new-healthy-workplace-offer-announced/ (Accessed 9 Sept 2016)
Public Health England Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/workplace-health-applying-all-our-health/workplace-health-applying-all-our-health (Accessed 9 Sept 2016) Northants Local Authority Borough Council of Wellingborough http://www.wellingborough.gov.uk/
Corby Borough Council http://www.corby.gov.uk/ Daventry District Council https://www.daventrydc.gov.uk/ East Northamptonshire Council http://www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/
Kettering Borough Council http://www.kettering.gov.uk/ Northampton Borough Council http://www.northampton.gov.uk/ South Northamptonshire Council http://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/
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